Chemicals Insights


Climate impact of plastics

– Plastics are frequently criticized for everything from their toxicity to their contributions to ocean pollution, but they play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The new imperative for green commodities

– The energy and materials transition is reshaping the strategic toolbox of commodity producers. Seven actions can help them master... the transition.

Electric vehicles: The next growth engine in chemicals

– A paradigm shift in automotive purchasing linked to the electric-vehicle transition is creating a major growth opportunity for... chemical companies.

Navigating regulatory uncertainty in packaging: A new wave of chemical-substance regulations

– Forthcoming chemical-substance regulations will add significant complexity for the packaging industry. Being proactive in developing... a cross-functional master plan can provide clarity and a route to managing this uncertainty.

Cracking the growth code in chemicals

– Winning market share—not market growth—is a key to success.

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US polyethylene price evolution and what to expect

– Prices for petrochemicals in the United States have increased significantly, even beyond what fundamentals would dictate.

Petrochemicals 2020: A year of resilience and the road to recovery

– Most companies showed recovery of revenues and profits to pre-COVID-19 levels in the third and fourth quarters. A deeper dive... into the numbers illustrates several implications for 2021.

Getting value from advanced digital technology for industrial gas companies

– With relatively little risk, industrial gas companies can optimize parts of their operations with advanced technologies.

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Advanced recycling: Opportunities for growth

– As interest in the circular economy grows, emerging recycling technologies that are complementary with mechanical recycling are... accelerating.

How green can green growth be?

– The transition to net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions will take trillions of dollars and several decades. Here’s how B2B leaders... can extract maximum value from the journey.

Addressing the challenges of plastic waste: Circularity and leakage

– Circularity alone won’t stop leakage. Emerging economies still need to have proper waste management systems for their plastic... and other materials.

The cement sector’s net-zero transition: Higher costs and demand shifts

– For cement companies and their value-chain partners, opportunities for value creation could arise as customers look for low-emissions... building materials.

Sustainability value in chemicals: Market tailwinds versus ESG scores

– New research shows that chemical companies with sales exposure to end markets aligned with sustainability have higher valuations.

From crude oil to chemicals: How refineries can adapt to shifting demand

– The energy transition will reduce demand for oil products but increase opportunities to capture the growing demand for petrochemicals.

Scaling digital and analytics-enabled improvements in chemicals and agriculture

– Productivity in process industries depends on scaling technology and traditional operating disciplines at the same time.

How the petrochemicals industry can benefit from advanced analytics

– Four key elements that can help companies launch advanced analytics and machine learning programs.

Procurement, early warning systems, and the next disruption

– A pandemic, inflation, and geopolitical conflict are affecting global supply chains. We offer an approach companies can use to... avoid product shortages and mitigate the effects of price volatility.

Green growth avenues in the cement ecosystem

– Collaboration across the value chain is pivotal to decarbonizing the built environment—and it needs to start today.

The third wave of biomaterials: When innovation meets demand

– How corporate sustainability commitments could catalyze the next generation of bio-based chemicals and materials.
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